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Medical Tai Chi (Qigong) - Chinese 'Miracle Exercise' Popular as U.S. Health Costs Rise
Date:5/4/2009

BLOWING ROCK, N.C., May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Mehmet Oz on Oprah called qigong "the secret to anti-aging." It's the "miracle exercise" for people seeking to avoid drugs, surgery, and expensive doctor bills. Medical Tai Chi, known in China as Qigong, may eventually replace health insurance for many Americans. Qigong ('chee gong', or chi kung) retreats are growing in popularity in the USA as a low-cost, self-care health system.

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Medical Qigong looks similar to martial Tai Chi, but its slow movements are medically designed to boost the immune system and open acupuncture "chi" channels -- without using needles. Qigong is self-applied Chinese medicine, used to heal chronic illness for over 2500 years.

"Medical Qigong is the mother of Tai Chi, but simpler to learn," says Michael Winn, National Qigong Association ex-president. "It's the intelligent man's way to exercise. Qigong is relaxing. Paradoxically, the less effort you make, the more powerful the healing energy it generates. You feel peaceful afterwards. For most, sweaty exercise at the gym is a job. But people love their qigong. Yoga and martial tai chi styles are also healthy alternatives, but qigong is medically far more effective. Qigong can be targeted to heal specific mental or physical illnesses. I've witnessed countless healings in people abandoned by the medical system."

Winn, a 30-year Qigong practitioner, dropped his own health insurance decades ago, and claims to rarely get sick. Attendance at his low-cost non-profit summer retreats at Heavenly Mountain (www.HealingTaoRetreats.com) near Blowing Rock, North Carolina, is growi
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